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July 21st, 2005, 01:24 AM #1Where to pay for inclusion?
I haven't kept up with recent knowledge on where to pay for inclusion for a new site. In other words, for a new website, which directories and portals is it a must to pay so it is listed? Does anyone have a critical list to start me off?
July 21st, 2005, 03:47 AM #2
Those all died.
It's down to PPC and SEO.
July 21st, 2005, 05:25 AM #3
The pay-per-inclusions like the old Inktomi are indeed dead. As for directories, unfortunately, the only pay directories I see now are junk...There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway
July 21st, 2005, 05:33 AM #4
July 21st, 2005, 08:29 AM #5
Pay for inclusion is dead? Sigh.
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
As others have noted, the pay-for-inclusion system is essentially dead.
Five years ago, it was a GREAT investment to pay Yahoo $199 (one time fee) to be included in the Yahoo Directory. I created a site just to test the theory, and earned thousands of dollars as an affiliate in just a few months, from a single listing that I redirected to a merchant.
But that Directory, which was the foundation of Yahoo's business, is effectively dead -- rarely updated, and bured in any Yahoo search results.
I think it's fair to say that pay-for-inclusion was a failure because it corrupted the data, preventing legitimate, useful sites from being indexed while adding garbage into the index.
In fairness, there are probably still many niches where it's worthwhile to pay for inclusion in a directory -- but I haven't found any credible opportunity in the past year or so.
July 21st, 2005, 04:07 PM #6
Wow, thanks for all the replies! I have been out of it. I am however glad to hear that the pay-to-play directories are no longer worthwhile
So back to PPC and organic SEO! Thanks again everyone! Good to hear the posts here again!
July 21st, 2005, 04:16 PM #7
It takes a lot of legwork and trial-and-error to find good ones, but it's worth a try to seek out relevant non-commercial sites to advertise on. Sometimes you can come across a small-timer who gets reasonable traffic and passes reasonable PR for just a few dollars a month.
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